Alex Trebek’s wife Jean and their daughter Emily paid tribute to the late TV host on the third anniversary of his death following the “Jeopardy!” host’s passing in 2020. He was 80.
Trebek’s wife and daughter remembered their loved one in a video created by the Stand Up To Cancer organization as they shared the late star’s life behind the camera. Trebek died on Nov. 8, 2020, after he lost his cancer battle after first being diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in March 2019.
“Alex loved traveling,” Jean said, as a slideshow of her 30 years of marriage with Trebek played in the background. “When we could bring the kids with us that was always extra special.”
“He loved fixing things around the house,” she added. “He was very passionate just about being engaged in the everyday workings of life.”
“If he wasn’t at work, he would be home in a pair of jeans, a T-shirt, a baseball hat,” Emily added, as photos showed Trebek working around the house. “He was a very normal, very normal guy.”
A partnership was recently announced between the Stand Up To Cancer organization and the late host’s loved ones about the launch of a cancer research foundation in Trebek’s name, Entertainment Weekly noted.
“Alex knew that knowledge equaled power,” Jean said in a statement. “He was a man that really loved to know things and stayed very curious. Since Alex was all about the right answer, I think it’s very fitting that this fund is now established in his name. It’s a way for the community that loved him to put resources directly into the hands of scientists working tirelessly to fight a disease shrouded by many unknowns.”
“I hope that all of the fans and community of Jeopardy really can lean in and show support for this,” Emily said. “I think they showed so much support for my dad when he was going through his cancer treatments. I hope that they stand up with this great organization.”
Trebek shared the heartbreaking news that he had been diagnosed with cancer with his “Jeopardy!” fans in 2019.
“I wanted to be the one to pass along this information,” the late host said at the time. “Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.”
“Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this,” he added. “And I’m going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers, also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
Trebek and Jean tied the knot in 1990 and share two kids together.